Mormons versus Hollywood

According to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 68 percent of Mormon church members say the entertainment industry often threatens their values.

It's not a surprise that more than two-thirds of Mormons are not happy with Hollywood. In fact, a popular slogan in the church is the phrase "be in the world, but not of the world."

That is by far the highest numbers by a religious group in the survey. Next are the Jehova's Witnesses at 54 percent. Evangelical Christians are third at 53 percent. The survey revealed that 42 percent of all Americans believe Hollywood is in conflict with their values. That's a high number; more than two-fifths of us are in conflict with Hollywood's "values."

However, Hollywood doesn't set our values. They are instilled in the home and other places of influence. Individuals and parents who are worried about what's in TV shows or what's playing at the local theater need to take time to study and find out what the content is. Hollywood should not be a crutch, whine or excuse for failure.

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